Puppetmaster (1989)

James / October 29th, 2012

Description: Monster Madness 80’s-A-Thon! James reviews Puppetmaster (1989). A box of little toys has just become a gang of little terrors. This is not child’s play…


  • 2DVision

    October 29, 2012 at 12:19 am

    HA! 1st comment.

    • y2j420

      December 20, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      HA! You have the lamest comment…

  • Pule54

    October 29, 2012 at 12:20 am

    why are the Frankensteins monster’s and the mummy’s glasses closed? lol

  • gvcats49

    October 29, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I just looked up Charles Band and he made a lot of movies really quickly like you said.

  • PresidentJenkins

    October 29, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Wow, I’m so used to having never actually seen the movies you reviewed. I gotta say, Puppet Master was enjoyable, but I never bought the struggle between man and puppets. Too much rolling around. Chucky was certainly the superior murder toy. The puppets themselves are magnificent though. Their stop motion movement was always fantastic and creepy. lending the film a unique eerie presence that couldn’t be accomplished with CGI and this is coming from someone who thinks people are too hard on CGI. Would’ve been nice to see some elaboration on the sequels considering there are so many of them, but this was nice none the less. Thanks cinemassacre!

  • pikmintaro

    October 29, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Oh well I was holding my breath for Killer Klowns from Outer Space, but it got skipped again this year I guess the cult favorite will just have to wait until next year =/

  • buggyglint

    October 29, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Weirdly enough I heard about this movie from a game called “Heroes of Newerth”. They made a Halloween themed avatar called “Hook” for one of the heroes in the game. It’s clearly an homage to one of those puppets from puppet master. You can see a YouTube clip of it here if any of you are interested.


  • Snejku

    October 29, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Seems fun.

  • October 29, 2012 at 1:38 am

    James I get the feeling you haven’t really seen many of the puppetmaster films judging by your review. Strangely enough, the first one is one of the worst in the series, they get better from there.

    The puppets are actually the good guys in most of the subsequent films, fighting various enemies including nazis and inter-dimensional alien puppets. One of the treats of the movies is when new puppets are introduced, although it’s always kind of sketchy as to how they come into existance considering Toulon is dead in most of them.

    Btw the guy bleeds green goo because:

    1. Just like the puppets have to be built, re-animated corpses have to be preserved as the flesh is dead. So yeah, that’s mostly embalming fluid.

    2. In subsequent sequels we learn that the magic formula to animated things is made via brain tissue and has to be injected every few decades. It’s a nice green color as well.

    The puppet master films are fantastic… I hightly reccomend every one with the exception of the first one and taht god-awful sci-fi channel sequel with Corey Feldman.

  • Dalek_khan

    October 29, 2012 at 2:32 am

    One of my favourite movie franchises, there is also a new one out this year actually, i am going to see it soon.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    October 29, 2012 at 2:40 am

    @HowardC Thank you for the info, it’s rare that sequel are better than original in horror flick but you sure put up an explanation that i can trust.
    I’ll check the sequels out when i can.

  • RandyPan

    October 29, 2012 at 3:01 am

    The third movie is definitely the best.

  • RandyPan

    October 29, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Also, next year, you should do a month of foreign horror movies, like Suspiria and Oldboy.

  • Griff

    October 29, 2012 at 3:39 am

    the only thing I know about the Puppetmaster series is in Puppetmaster 2 there’s a lady that shows her really nice boobs

  • Jeffrey Macabre

    October 29, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I had a correction (or maybe more of a clarification) to your review in regards to the writing credits of this movie.

    The writer of the script for Puppetmaster was actually written by Kenneth J. Hall. He is the director of Linea Quigley’s Horror Workout, but he is mostly known for his fabrication work. For example, he is the man who created the Carnosaur monster in Carnosaur, the Doughnut costume in Sex Drive and the octopus prop in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood. Charlie wrote many revisions to the script, and therefore received a great chunck of the writing credits, but it was really Ken Hall who conceptualized and wrote the Puppetmaster mythos.

  • October 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I have a buddy that does lets plays of Retro Games and some current ones you might find it interesting check it out if you want here his channel.


  • Simon Belmont

    October 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Check out Dolls (1987) if you like this sort of thing, It’s pretty good!

  • granado_jake

    October 29, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I know it is not puppet master, but it did have a “spin off” with it. Demonic Toys is awesome. I love the first movie

  • October 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Thank you for the 2 hour long Heineken commercial James. Dear God, its longer than your reviews lol

  • nate64

    October 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    aww good ol puppetmaster.

  • capnmorgan5150

    October 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Trick Or Treat (1986) would be a good one to review.

  • October 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I was hoping to see this movie reviewed !!

    Rented the first 3 back then (and curious fact, the movie titles remained unchanged here in Argentina). I think I was 10 years old or so.

    I really enjoyed them, and now that I check the effects and animations, I can say it survived way better than other B-movies reviewed here (save for The Toxic Avenger, which still rocks).

    It’s gruesome, the special effects and makeup are outstanding (compared with other movies reviewed here e.g. Basket Case and Brain Damage) and it’s quite an original concept.
    Shouldn’t horror movies have at least one of these ingredients to be considered as good products? And this movie has them all (the Leech-puking doll is originally terrifying…), no matter how ridiculous they may seem. The white-faced doll with the black suit kind of resembles Saw’s Billy, don’t you think?

    What about the animation of the puppets James, since you are a fan of stop motion? Or are the puppets computer generated? Shouldn’t these be noted as a nice job?

    I really wanted this movie to have a longer comment on your part.
    I hope once you get enough time you give this one an expanded rerun…

    Just a humble opinion; you’re the man!
    Greetings from Argentina!

  • AFX

    October 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I’m disappointed in you, James. 80s a thon and no Killer Klowns? tsk tsk

  • frostare

    October 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    The Secret of Life? Kinda like the Secret of Evolution in Drago Quest 4? I guess they’re secrets for a reason, things (or rather, people) may turn ugly when discovered.

  • Einsam

    October 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    i love the evil bong movies

  • October 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I’ve seen other Puppet Master movies and I gotta say sometimes the puppets are the good guys in the movies. It’s weird. I mean, yeah its kinda cool to have these killer puppets do your bidding and have them fight the nazis and stuff, but its just downright creepy to look at them with their weird designs and faces and stuff. Not really scary, just…creepy.

  • AxlTCU

    October 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I’ll always remember William Hickey as Grandfather Wrigley in The Adventures of Pete and Pete. Also as the voice of Dr. Finklestein in The Nightmare Before Christmas.

  • GameSeeker

    October 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Puppet Master was EPIC!!! Thanks for remembering them!!

  • GoldenFrog

    October 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Glad to see Puppet Master come up on MM !
    I thought the puppets were pretty well done, distinct and had good variety overall. Unfortunately i cant really make a full comment because its been so long since i saw them and dont remember a whole lot.

    The series was something i loved as a kid but forgot about when i got older. Thanks to you James, i got another great flashback from my childhood and plan on revisiting them.

  • hebegebe

    October 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    The company that makes the Puppet Master series, Full Moon Pictures, is like the LJN of movie production studios. They take what could have been a really cool/fun thing, and then squeeze out some bland, stinky, letdown of a turd. Sometimes they do get something right, but more of ten then not , they suffer from uninspired execution, like Robot Wars, Mandroid, or the Trancers sequels.

  • rozray82

    October 29, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    ….”it helps if you’re really into killer puppet movies”….my laughter brought me to tears! hahaha

  • Kenshiroh

    October 29, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    If you ever need a clip of Shredder (James Avery) swearing, there’s the English language dub of Fist of the North Star…

    But don’t watch the whole movie dubbed in English, though. The translation is horrible and doesn’t make any sense. Watch the Japanese language one with English subtitles instead.

  • madballs4

    October 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I recorded Puppet Masters earlier this week, and when I was watching it I knew you would do a video on it, since it was released a year after Child’s Play, and was probably stuck in it’s shadow. An unknown 80’s slasher.

  • Labyrinth9000

    October 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I suggested this film!! Thanks James!!

  • Labyrinth9000

    October 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Hey, I also happen to have another film in mind. Any thought for the 1983 movie Sleepaway Camp??

  • October 30, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Oh trust me… im IN to killer puppet movies… hahaha

  • riversend

    October 30, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Seriously fuck this springboard crap player.

  • October 30, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Hope all’s well down there in PA man, doozie of a hurricane, we got lucky up here in Maine.

  • batata

    October 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    can someone tell me what music is used in the beginning and end of this video?

    thank you in advance ^o^

  • CrazyEmoOtaku

    October 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Come crawling faster. Obey your master. Your life burns faster. Obey your MASTER! MASTER!

  • PhantomExdeath

    October 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I find it ironic that each of the Puppets have official names, but not once are they mentioned in the movie: Jester, Blade, Pinhead (not to be confused with the Hellraiser :p), Tunneler and Ms. Leech.

  • Brian Oblivion

    October 31, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Charles Band and Full Moon Productions deserve their own review video. The old VHS tapes that each movie came on started out with a ten minute preview of all the other Full Moon movies.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    November 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Ah yes, the massive genre of “killer puppet movies”. Yeah, these movies always seemed pretty silly. And they were direct to video since the beginning, eh? Figures. 😛

  • Drainpipe

    November 2, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Marked as private on BLIP……damn. Springboard doesn’t work ……buuhuhhuhhuu.

  • Patrick Anderl

    November 3, 2012 at 7:36 am

    What a startling revelation; I never realized that I, too, would be pissed off if a puppet were attacking me! There should also be a flurry of F-bombs NERD STYLE in this movie when the people are getting attacked… also what I would do. “Die you fucking little piece of puppet SHIT!”

    Question: James and Mike, what is your favourite puppet in the first Puppet Master film?

  • errdog

    November 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Yeah, I’m surprised you didn’t mention Full Moon at all.

  • ABC

    November 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I always liked the Puppetmaster… it was pretty strange though. Hey how about Hellraiser? That’s a cool movie. I think the 3rd one was the best. Great video you got here James. I always enjoy watching all the stuff you make and know alot of other do too. Can’t wait to see The AVGN Movie!

  • phoenix252005

    November 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I was never scared of that movie,I always thought it was a joke. Killer puppets,highlarious! Still its classic 80’s 🙂

  • January 4, 2013 at 3:19 am

    The Puppet master movie series is my favorite series of all time! An I am an Executive Producer of Puppet Master X axis rising! An James I think you should do a Puppet master month this year and review the whole series! NOW THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!

    • February 9, 2014 at 7:54 am

      I just looked on IMDb. There are at least 20 people with the title “special executive producer”. What’s that about? I do see your name in there. Did each one of you give a little money or something? Because that is a ridiculous amount of producers.

  • RandyPan

    July 1, 2013 at 3:17 am

    The best movie in the series is the third one.

  • captainthrall

    July 24, 2013 at 12:18 am

    “if you like puppet movies this is for you.”
    rofl, best line ever…
    what kind of moves do you like? ‘oh, i like horror movies, comedies, and drama, but mostly im into puppet movies.’

  • TheMaLuther

    January 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    How many Villains are puppets or not like Mary Shaw, the guy from Scooby-Doo, the night livening dumping and the puppet master and Toy master.

  • September 28, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    You spoiled Full Metal Jacket for me!

  • October 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

    demonic toys was way better. hope to see demonic toys in mm8

  • fcabanski

    November 2, 2014 at 2:57 am

    I wasn’t into killer puppet movies until I saw this movie. The whole series is decent.

  • Jacob Boeve

    June 8, 2016 at 9:05 am

    The effects in Puppet Master are pretty good though

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